A British model who was allegedly kidnapped in Italy in order to be auctioned on the "dark web" says it was "a terrifying experience" — in a case that highlights sex trafficking vulnerabilities in Europe and worldwide.
The 20-year-old woman was allegedly kidnapped after getting to Milan on July 10 for a photo shoot booked by her agent that was to take place the next day, according to police in Italy.
While Italian authorities did not name the victim, she was identified as model Chloe Ayling in a statement she gave reporters and through her modeling agency.
"I have been through a terrifying experience, I feared for my life second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour,” Ayling told reporters outside a home in south London on Sunday. “I am incredibly grateful to the Italian and British authorities for all that they have done to secure my safe release.”